Giant Bluefin Tuna: John and Chandra

Captain John Gavin comes from a traditional fishing family and learned this trade through his youth under the watchful eye of his father. John has 29 years of experience fishing full time, 24 of those as captain. John’s wife and fishing partner Chandra has been a part of John’s fishing family for 29 years, and has been John’s deckhand for the past fourteen years. They are occasionally accompanied by one or more of their three children, Sarah, Jenna and John Jr, who all love being on the ocean and participating in the various fisheries. Their middle child Jenna currently holds the IGFA Junior Female Bluefin Tuna record for a fish she caught with her dad in October of 2014. Their youngest, John Jr., has made it very clear that he intends to follow in his dad’s footsteps!

Captain John fishes out of his custom-built 45’ Hustler fishing boat the “Game Changer”. The boat is powered by a 625 hp Volvo engine and is equipped with a bow thruster (a rare find in a fishing vessel around here and a handy thing to have when you’re fighting giant Bluefin Tuna!). The boat has a full array of electronics, a Kenwood Bluetooth stereo, lots of plugs for charging cameras and electronics (both standard 120 volt plugs and usb plugs), private bathroom with electric flush toilet, four sleeper bunks, running hot water, fridge, microwave, coolers, and a Release fighting chair.